staring out into the future

One of the things I love about my favourite health bloggers—like Kerri—is how much they always have going on. One day, I would love to be able to make health activism my job, but I’m not there yet (and I’m not so sure I want to leave journalism. But that’s another story.) I’m a huge fan, too, of how much she does for her community, and I think she’s a great model of what health activism can look like.

I think the future of health activism is just more: more patient advocates sharing their own experiences. I think we’d all do the most good if we banded together instead of just focusing on our own diseases. My psoriatic arthritis isn’t so different from Wren‘s or Jillbean‘s rheumatoid arthritis. We’re helped by many of the same drugs and have many of the same demands.We’re hit with many of the same problems. Plus, added all together, those with different autoimmune diseases number many millions strong; imagine if we spoke with one voice. We’d be unstoppable!

So, I hope the future of health activism is more inclusive, more welcoming to different groups—and to people with symptoms but no diagnoses; I hope we one day realise a rising tide lifts us all to higher ground.

 

(Edited to add: See this? This is exactly why Kerri’s so awesome.)

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

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4 thoughts on “staring out into the future

  1. I don’t think you have to give up journalism to pursue health activism; if anything, you could use your journalism as a platform for your role in health activism. Maybe you could start an online magazine written by and for people with chronic illnesses. I know I’d be interested in reading — and even writing for — it.

  2. Absolutely, more patient voices, less hiding “in the closet” is what we need to (a) address our chronic conditions, (b) fight for better treatment, (c) fight for cures. If one autoimmune condition could be cured, I think many more would follow.

  3. Thank you for such a nice shout-out, and I really love the sentiment of “a rising tide lifts us all to higher ground.” Perfect for the advocacy community. 🙂

  4. Pingback: Rheumatoid Arthritis patient at American College of Rheumatology ACR 2010 | TreatingRheumatoidArthritis.net

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